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Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Horsetail Specialist

Wildlife Wednesdays #41

This caterpillar like creature is the larva of a sawfly, probably of the genus Dolerus. Its mother will have used her saw-like ovipositor to cut a slit in the horsetail in which to lay eggs. Once hatched, the larva is perfectly formed for chowing down horsetail fronds, while remaining largely unnoticed.

Dolerus Spp. - Horsetail Sawfly

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